In their first series of the year, the A’s started strong, winning three out of four against the Angels in Oakland.
Given that this season is only 60 games, every game matters. Getting off to a good start to the season is just what Oakland A’s needed. Let’s see how it all went down.
In the first game of the season, we got to see how the new extra inning rule would affect games for the first time. MLB has implemented this new rule in order to speed up the ending of games.
The Angels had the first crack at the deigated runner, when Shohei Ohtani was placed on second. Ohtani didn’t realize, and was stunned when he was told to go to second. Ohtani would then get caught in a rundown and tagged out.
After the A’s got three outs in the top of the tenth, they would have their chance.
A walk, wild pitch, and hit by pitch would follow. Matt Olson stepped in with the bases loaded and belted a grand slam to right center to give Oakland the win.
Game-two did not go the A’s way; the Angels beat them 4-1.
Los Angeles got an outstanding pitching performance from Dylan Bundy. He allowed one run, three hits and no walks in 6.2 innings.
Bundy (1-0) had seven strikeouts and only needed 90 pitches to get the win.
Robbie Grossman provided the only run for Oakland, an RBI single off Kenyan Middleton.
Sean Manaea (0-1) looked sharp early, retiring the first 11 batters. However, he ran into trouble in the fifth and couldn’t escape the inning.
Oakland bounced back in the third game, thanks to a dreadful performance from Angels starter, Shohei Ohtani.
The 2018 AL Rookie of the Year started his first game in just under two years and it wasn’t one to remember.
Ohtani (0-1) did not record an out. He gave up five runs, three hits and three walks. That includes RBI singles by Mark Canha and Robbie Grossman. Sean Murphy also recorded his first career home run in the win.
Yusmiero Petit (1-0) got out of a fifth-inning jam to record his first win of the season.
In the final game of the series, the A’s shut out the Angels 3-0.
Griffin Canning (0-1) took the loss for the Angels. He gave up three earned runs, but also struck out seven.
Angels’ shortstop Andrelton Simmons exited the game in the top of the ninth, as he appeared to roll his left ankle running out an infield single. There is no word yet on any diagnosis.
The A’s start the season off well with a 3-1 record. They’re tied for first in the division with Houston, while the Angels are tied for last with Seattle.
What did we learn?
Anthony Rendon not being in the lineup for the Angels hurts them significantly. Their highest run total this series was four.
They will also need Shohei Ohtani to produce more at the plate and find his touch on the mound.
The lineup can’t only rely on Mike Trout and David Fletcher. Guys have to step up, especially with Rendon out.
As for the A’s, their big guys stepped up including Matt Olson, Mark Canha, Matt Chapman, and Ramon Laureano. All had crucial hits and RBI’s for the team.
The starters didn’t go long into games, however, the bullpen continues to build off of last year. They were great this series. Right now, the A’s are just a more complete (and better) team compared to the Angels.
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